Off to Nicaragua!

It’s official… Thrilled to volunteer with Quetzaltrekkers in León, Nicaragua starting in July!

Here’s a couple videos I found that give you a glimpse of what I’ll be doing as a hiking guide for this organization whose funds go to help niños de la calle, or local street kids.

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Resources for Cheap, Free or Paid Travel

Struck by wanderlust? Want to see the world but don’t want to spend gobs of money doing it? Crave a less touristy experience in a foreign country?

Check out this compilation of the best websites to explore to get you started.

“From volunteer trips to vacations to short term jobs abroad, this list covers the spectrum of affordable and paid travel opportunities.”

In the Tampa Bay Times: Kayaking from Minnesota to Key West

“Daniel Alvarez woke up Thursday on a spoil island south of the Belleair Causeway and folded the tarp under which he had slept through pouring rain the night before. The clouds had parted for the morning sun, but he knew there would be storms ahead, so he wanted to get an early start.

He pulled his black hat down on his forehead and tucked the tarp into his 17-foot yellow sea kayak, the vessel that carried him here from Northwest Angle, Minn., the northernmost point in the lower 48, a journey of more than 3,000 miles.”

This guy is awesome. Great story by Ben Montgomery with photos and video.

Snow Fall

Check out this New York Times multimedia piece about skiers and snowboards trapped by an avalanche. It’s an interesting, somewhat-new approach that, as one writer at Poynter put it, “tells the story through text, photos, videos and interactive graphics that blend seamlessly and come alive on the Web page.”

I read this in the middle of a family snowboarding trip to Jackson Hole, Wyo., right after the resort received about a foot of fresh snow. Days later, as we rode the chairlifts, the gondola and the tram, we could look up at the rocky cliffs above us and still see giant patches of white snow pocked with black spots — leftovers of dynamite the ski patrol set off to cause controlled mini-avalanches and protect everyone at the resort.